Monday, 10 January 2011
Gerry Rafferty - Get It Right Next Time
A great singer, guitarist and composer past away...
Born on April 16th 1947 and left 4th of January 2011.
When we hear Gerry Rafferty we think of "Baker Street"
(see Tune Of The Day on the 20th of august 2010)
Gerry Rafferty had a glorious songwriting gift and one of the first to appreciate it was Billy Connolly. One night in his hometown, Paisley, in 1968, Rafferty watched Connolly do a spot at a folk club. They got talking, Rafferty played him a few songs and Connolly cried something along the lines of "They're genius! Let's start a band!"
Three years of The Humblebums ensued, full of what Rafferty last year recalled to MOJO as deliriously happy memories such as "Sliding down the walls at three o'clock in the morning in Amsterdam roaring and laughing with Billy".
The two of them decided to go their separate ways in 1971.
Mayby u know Billy more from this picture..
In 1972, Rafferty and Joe Egan formed Stealers Wheel, a group which was beset by legal wranglings, but did have a huge hit "Stuck in the Middle" (which 20 years later was used prominently in the 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs) and the lesser top 40 hit "Star" ten months later. The duo disbanded in 1975.
Legal issues after the breakup of Stealers Wheel meant that, for three years, Rafferty was unable to release any material. After the disputes were resolved in 1978, he recorded his second solo album, City to City, which included the song with which he remains most identified, "Baker Street". The single reached No. 3 in the UK and No. 2 in the U.S. The album sold over 5.5 million copies, toppling the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in the U.S. on 8 July 1978. "Baker Street" featured a very distinctive saxophone solo by Raphael Ravenscroft and remains a mainstay of soft-rock radio airplay. In October 2010 the song was recognised by the BMI for surpassing 5 million plays worldwide. "Stuck in the Middle With You" has received over 4 million plays worldwide, and "Right Down The Line" has had over 3 million plays, Gerry did 9 solo album and 6 compilations album.
We on Tune Of The Day want to Honor Gerry for his work and let him know
that he is welcome back in another time and another space.
Here is the sound of Gerry Raffery "Get It Right Next Time" (Live) and some pictures.
The Humblebums (Gerry and Billy Connolly) with "Shoeshine Boy" just sound and picures
Stealers Wheel with "Star" With Gerry.
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